Mid-night protests caught unaware the Pinarayi Vijayan administration in Kerala last night, protesting against arrests of several of their activists and also mobilisation of large scare police at Sabarimala, making devotees task to reach the temple hrad.
A large number of BJP and RSS workers protested outside the official residence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last night against the detention of over 30 persons at Sabarimala Temple. They had gathered in front of Cliff House– Vijayan’s official residence at Nanthancode in Thiruvananthapuram.
Simultaneous protests were also held at various places across the state in Aranmula, Kochi, Kollam, Alapuzha, Ranni, Thodupuzha, Kaladi, Malappuram and Idukki among others. To further intensify their stir against “police high handedness”, a daylong state-wide agitation will be held on Monday by Yuvamorcha, the youth wing of the BJP. Yuva Morcha state president Prakash Babu said that they are protesting against emergency-like situation prevailed in the state.
The protesters were taken into preventive custody last night at the Sabarimala Temple after fresh protests broke out at Nadapanthal area in Sannidhanam where hundreds of devotees agitated against the police restrictions. On the second day of the two month-long pilgrimage season, the devotees had gathered at the covered pathway to the temple when they were asked to leave Sannidhanam.
Union Minister KJ Alphons attacked CPM government in the state over the detention of pilgrims at the Sabarimala temple. Addressing the media in Pamba, he said, “What is happening here is an administration running a dictatorship, for no reason at all.”
The Union Minister, who reached Nilakkal base camp this morning, said he will go to Pamba and Sannidhanam to understand the arrangements that have been made for the pilgrims there. ‘Centre had given Rs 100 crore for the renovation-rehabilitation efforts at Sabarimala after the floods. I am going there to check whether the state has spent that money and how they have used it. I have come as a MoS Tourism, not as a BJP leader,’ he added.
BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai claimed the ruling CPM in Kerala has entered ‘a phase of liquidation’. He lashed out at Chief Minister Vijayan for taking an adamant stand on the row and warned that he will be his party’s last chief minister in the state. “This government is destroying Sabarimala. It is waging a war with devotees,” Pillai said at a dharna organised in Pathanamthitta district to protest the lack of arrangements for pilgrims at the temple.